Moving to a new house is an emotional roller coaster. It’s good when thinking of the clean slate a new house offers. You’ll probably have a bigger space and live in a much nicer neighbourhood. On the other hand, it can be costly, time-consuming, not to mention there’s a never-ending list of things to do before, during, and after moving to a house for the first time. Here are a few things to keep in mind to make the transition as smooth as possible:
The New Home’s Measurements
Before you commit to buying a house or even living in it, ensure it’s exactly what you want. Take a look at the blueprint and measure all interior spaces to ensure all the dimensions are right. You’ll then need to measure your furniture to know whether they’ll fit through the doors and exactly where each one of them will fit in the new house. Doing so also allows you to better direct movers where to place your furnishings.
The Legitimacy of the Moving Company
Hiring professional movers will help minimise the stress of moving; after all, you still have a million other things to worry about. With several mover options to choose from, ensure you compare multiple quotes to find the best possible deal. Ensure the moving company you choose is trustworthy, licensed, and insured.
Label, Label, Label!
I can’t stress this enough, label all boxes clearly and accurately. The best way to do so is according to each room. As you mark them living room, kitchen, bathroom, or master bedroom, be sure to make a list of each box’s contents. Once it’s time to unpack, you’ll be grateful you did this. Remember to label all fragile items as such to avoid being damaged while in transit.
Researching the New Neighbourhood’s Schools
Don’t overlook the quality of the schools in your new neighbourhood. Even if you don’t have kids right now, it could become an important factor later on. Note that areas with great schools tend to have higher home values, which can affect your mortgage application, but turn out to be a great investment in case you ever need to resell your home. Do your research on both public and private schools before moving, to find one that’s a good fit for your child.
Finding New Healthcare Providers
You can ask your current doctor to recommend any good doctors they may know in your new city/neighbourhood or have your health insurance company provide a list of doctors that are in-network for your plan. Alternatively, you can scope out local primary care physicians by yourself. Ensure they are in close proximity to your new home and they provide quality healthcare services.
Changing Your Address
Relocating to a new house can be a bit chaotic. That’s why you need to change your address before you move to avoid having your documents delivered to the wrong house. The post office might require a two-week notice before they can start forwarding your mail to the new address. Make a list of all your subscriptions and accounts and make necessary plans to update your new address. Others who need to know are your credit card company, insurance provider, place of work, friends, and family members.
Packing an Essentials Bag
After a long and hectic day of moving, the last thing you want is to go through hundreds of boxes just to find a toothbrush and pyjamas. For this reason, ensure you pack a “first night box”. This should include essentials you may require for that day/night such as basic toiletries, a change of clothing, medicine, PJs, etc.